REGINA – The City has repealed its bicycle licensing program.
The Regina Police Serve hasn’t issued a licensing fine in the last five years, and presumes most bikes on the road are unlicensed.
According to the city, the licensing program is too difficult to enforce and isn’t very effective in returning stolen bikes to the proper owners, which was the original intent of the program.
Bike Regina, a group dedicated to supporting and increasing cycling culture in Regina, agrees with the repeal.
“According to the conversations that we’ve had with the City and with the police, it doesn’t actually serve that purpose very well. There’s not much of a chance that your licence would help get your bike back,” said the President of Bike Regina, Sara Maria Daubisse.
The city says the bicycle licensing program only has a three per cent return rate.
Of the approximate 150 bikes that are recovered by RPS every year, only five are returned to the owner using the licence registry.
However, if cyclists are concerned about their bike being stolen, every bicycle shop has a registry program.